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Dervishis in Kosova

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Adapting to Kosova Culture

5 Reasons You Should Always Thank Your Translator

This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while now. Over the past 3 years or so I have relied on people to translate/interpret for me on an almost daily basis. Although my grasp of Albanian is much improved from what it was originally I still need help sometimes. Most of the time it’s Ilir who does this, but not always, and I’ve noticed something… translators/interpreters hardly ever get thanked for what they do. Continue reading “5 Reasons You Should Always Thank Your Translator”

When [we’re] cleaning windows

img_8420“Helen, you look like you’re on a mission trip, why are you taking photos of me cleaning windows?”. Ilir’s point was a good one. We have both had a lot of experience of mission teams who photograph literally everything they do, see (or eat) for the ‘report to church’ when they get home, and at times we have found ourselves doing roughly the same thing so that we have some ‘proof’ of what we’re doing for our prayer letters and blog Continue reading “When [we’re] cleaning windows”

Unexpected Guests

On Friday evening at 10:30 we received a phone call, “We don’t have anywhere to stay tonight, the place we booked is locked up and no one is answering the phone”.

What do we suggest? Continue reading “Unexpected Guests”

Culture Shock

This is a topic that I (Helen) have kept to myself since moving to Kosova in May 2014, but I feel that now is the right time to talk about it.  Continue reading “Culture Shock”

Helen – things I miss from England

We want to use this blog not only to talk about the ministry we’re involved in but also to share a little bit about life here in general. We feel that Kosova has been done a disservice by the way that some organisations have described living conditions and we want to try and give an honest and up-to-date view of what living in Kosova is really like.

One of the things that I often get asked both in Kosova and in the UK is what I miss from England. Continue reading “Helen – things I miss from England”

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